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05/10/2021

Stop New Washington Putsch

Human Wrongs Watch

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Oct 5 2021 (IPS)* – As finance ministers and central bank governors gather next week for the IMF-World Bank annual meetings in the US capital, the first shots of a new putsch against multilateralism have been fired. The target: Kristalina Georgieva, Fund Managing Director (MD) since 2019.

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Jomo Kwame Sundaram

Georgieva’s sins
She has tried to enhance multilateral coherence by aligning the Fund with the United Nations, as envisaged by then US President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

Like predecessor Christine Lagarde, the former Bank environmental economist is committed to the Sustainable Development Goals and addressing global warming.

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05/10/2021

“What Exactly Happens Between the Farm and the Table?”

Human Wrongs Watch

How eco-labelling can drive consumer decision-making

viki-mohamad-tWXH_zGJrPo-unsplashUnsplash/Viki Mohmad / 04 Oct 2021

5 October 2021 (UNEP)* — Each year, 17 per cent of total global food available at retail may be wasted, including 11 per cent at the household level, says the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP’s) Food Waste Index Report 2021.

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05/10/2021

The World Is Now Facing ‘Unprecedented Catastrophic Levels of Acute Food Insecurity‘

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)*The world currently faces unprecedented catastrophic levels of acute food insecurity, according to UN agencies, and around $6.6 billion is needed urgently, to support 41 million in danger of sliding into famine.

WFP/Simon Pierre Diouf | Thousands of displaced women in Nigeria suffering from hunger and food insecurity rely on the UN to survive.
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To ramp up support, the United Nations on 4 October 2021 convened a high-level event, calling for international action, before it is too late.
05/10/2021

Pandemic Impact ‘Tip of the Iceberg’ after Years of Neglecting Child Mental Health

(UN News)* — COVID-19 has taken a toll on the mental health of children and young people, and impacts could be felt for many years to come, UN children’s agency, UNICEF, on 5 October 2021 warned.

© UNICEF/Alissa Everett | A young boy wears a face mask as he walks through Mathare, an informal settlement in Nairobi, Kenya.

Even before the crisis, children and youth were already carrying the burden of mental health conditions and without significant investment in addressing them, according to the latest edition of its flagship report, the State of the World’s Children.

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04/10/2021

Women in Space

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First launch from site Vostochny, Russia. | PHOTO:ROSCOSMOS

4 October 2021 (United Nations)* — By resolution 54/68 of 6 December 1999, the General Assembly proclaimed World Space Week, to celebrate the contributions of space science and technology to the betterment of the human condition.

World Space Week is the largest annual space event in the world. the weeks helps build up the workforce of tomorrow by inspiring students; demonstrates visible public support for the space programme; educates the public about space activities; and fosters international cooperation in space outreach and education.

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04/10/2021

7 Climate Action Highlights to Remember Before Decisive UN Climate Conference

3 October 2021 (UN News)*A September to remember, a pivotal month for climate action commitments. From the United Nations General Assembly week to the final pre-COP meeting, last month was an important time to build momentum before the decisive UN Climate Conference COP26 in early November.
© UNICEF/Vlad Sokhin | A boy stands on a seawall that protects his family home from the rising seas in Majuro Atoll in the Marshall Islands.
UN News has put together a list of the seven most important climate action-related highlights you should know about.
04/10/2021

How Young People Can Transform Agri-Food Systems

Human Wrongs Watch

Youth are an indispensable force for change – find out how you can get involved in the World Food Forum.

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Young people have made big steps towards a more sustainable future – here’s how you can get involved. ©Unsplash/Chang Duong

(FAO)* — With climate change, conflict, hunger and environmental crises regularly in the news and social media every day, the younger generation is more aware than ever of global issues and arguably also more active than ever. And why shouldn’t they be? It is their future at risk.

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04/10/2021

Brussels Mural Paints Positive Picture of Ecosystem Renewal

Human Wrongs Watch

3 October 2021 (UN News)*A Spanish artist is using a giant 40-metre-high artwork painted on the side of a building in the Belgian capital, Brussels, to pose questions about climate change and the effect it’s having on global ecosystems.

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@superkant for @StreetArtMankind | The Alchemist is a 40-metre-high mural which has been painted onto the side of a property in Brussels.
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‘The Alchemist’ by Lula Goce, has been created in collaboration with the United Nations and non-profit organisation Street Art for Mankind (SAM) and is the first in a series of 50 murals which will be painted over the next 10 years in cities across the world to encourage the ecological restoration of damaged or dying ecosystems.
04/10/2021

Cities Are Responsible for 70% of Global Carbon Dioxide Emissions – World Habitat Day

Illustration of a family enjoying time outside their home that has solar panels installed on its roof.

PHOTO: ©Sadek Ahmed

The theme recognizes that cities are responsible for some 70 percent of global carbon dioxide emissions with transport, buildings, energy, and waste management accounting for the bulk of urban greenhouse gas emissions.

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04/10/2021

‘The Benefits of Making Cities More Environmentally Friendly Are “Enormous”, and Include Reduced Climate Risk, More Jobs, Better Health…’

Unsplash/chuttersnap | Sustainable cities are helping in the battle against climate change.
4 October 2021 (UN News)* —  For the UN Secretary-General, the benefits of making cities more environmentally friendly are “enormous”, and include reduced climate risk, more jobs, and better health and well-being.
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